Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, once again, has a commanding lead over his GOP rivals, a new national poll shows.
The billionaire real estate developer has the support of 27 percent of respondents in the newly released Quinnipiac University national poll, CBS News reports.
But his success seems to have as much to do with his performance as it does with the faltering of his once closest rival, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
In the previous Quinnipiac poll, released in early November, Trump and Carson were running in a statistical dead heat, with Trump winning 24 percent support and Carson at 23 percent, according to an earlier CBS story.
In the new poll, Trump has gained three points but Carson has slipped to 16 percent, putting him in third place, just behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who came in with 17 percent support.
That has some wondering if Trump has the staying power to make it through the Republican primary.
“Dr. Ben Carson, moving to center stage just one month ago, now needs some CPR,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, said in a statement, according to the Chicago-Sun Times. “The Doctor sinks. The Donald soars. The GOP, 11 months from the election, has to be thinking, ‘This could be the guy.’”
While Trump is also leading the “definitely would not support” category of the poll with 26 percent, his persistence at the top suggests his support base is fairly solid.
“It doesn’t seem to matter what he says or who he offends, whether the facts are contested or the ‘political correctness’ is challenged, Donald Trump seems to be wearing Kevlar,” Malloy added in his statement.